Byrd Back For South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina receiver Damiere Byrd says
he's ready to put his NCAA troubles behind him and play football
against Auburn.

Byrd served a four-game suspension and paid back $2,700 as
ordered by the NCAA to regain his eligibility. Byrd was at the
center of No. 10 South Carolina's problems connected to a mentoring
group out of Delaware. The NCAA ruled Byrd and his family received
impermissible benefits.

Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier has said Byrd did nothing wrong.
The NCAA says Spurrier and others must appear before its Committee on Infractions in February.

Spurrier had raved about Byrd's speed and big-play ability for
most of the preseason. Byrd says he's kept his focus on football
and continued to work hard in practice to get ready for Saturday's
game.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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